Rain in NCR, other areas despite LPA exit

Paterno Esmaquel II
The low pressure area spotted off Mindoro has left the Philippines, but rain is still expected Friday

LPA LEAVES. Rain is expected, however. PAGASA satellite image as of 5:32 am

MANILA, Philippines – The low pressure area (LPA) that formed off Mindoro has exited the Philippines, the state weather bureau said Friday, July 5.

In a phone interview with Rappler, state weather forecaster Alvin Pura said the LPA left the Philippine area of responsibility early Friday morning, and is expected to dissipate soon.

But the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said several areas should prepare for rain on Friday. The following areas will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms, PAGASA said: 

  • Metro Manila;
  • Provinces of Isabela, Quirino, and Nueva Vizcaya; and
  • Regions of Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa and Bicol, Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, and Caraga

Cloudy skies with isolated rain showers and thunderstorms will cover the rest of the Philippines, most likely in the afternoon or evening, PAGASA said.

PAGASA explained an intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) remains across Palawan, Visayas, and Mindanao.

The ITCZ, a convergence of winds from the northern and southern hemispheres, indicates storms in the near future.

Usually, diyan nagsisimula ang mga bagyo natin at low pressure area,” Pura explained. (Usually, that’s where our storms and low pressure areas begin.)

(Read Friday’s full PAGASA bulletin below.)

– Rappler.com

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Paterno Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II, news editor of Rappler, specializes in covering religion and foreign affairs. He obtained his MA Journalism degree from Ateneo and later finished MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at pat.esmaquel@rappler.com.